The AUR Admissions Committee takes a holistic view of each applicant, considering grades, recommendation letters, and the required interview to help inform admissions decisions. If you are a dreamer and an adventurer longing to make a difference in this world, then #youareAUR.

Submitting an application

To submit an application, go to the "Apply Now" button, and follow these 6 simple steps:

  1. Select the details of the program in which you're interested and the semester/year of your application;
  2. Enter your personal information and contact details;
  3. Add details of your current/most recent school and details of any English tests you have taken (non-native English speakers only);
  4. Enter the details of academic or professional referees;
  5. Upload your supporting documentation (see details on requirements below);
  6. Pay the application fee of $50/€50.

That's all there is to it - your first giant step on the road to Rome.

Required documentation

To complete your application, please submit the documentation listed below.

Please note, you may submit your incomplete application as you wait to gather your documents. We recommend waiting to submit your application until you have all the necessary documentation to fast-track your application review.


  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Official school/college transcripts: A certified English translation is required for non-English transcripts.
  • English test results (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Academic/professional references
  • Your personal statement
  • Your essay answer.

Your personal statement

Please write between 500-750 words on ONE of the two topics below:



What do you see as one of the most pressing challenges facing society today and how do you imagine your studies at AUR will prepare you to combat this challenge?


Experiential Learning is at the core of AUR’s curriculum. Define what Experiential Learning means to you and reflect upon the ways in which it has impacted your academic and/or personal growth.


Planning your personal statement

When planning your personal statement please keep in mind that, beyond your academic record, we are keen to admit students who can demonstrate:

  • Diversity of personal background and experience
  • Qualities such as leadership, motivation, concern for others and for the community.
  • Non-academic achievements in the performing arts or athletics, employment, or personal experiences.
  • A passion for their intended major.

Please note that we are happy to accept video personal statements.

Your essay answer

Please choose ONE of the two topics below:



Some say that social media doesn't allow us to express who we really are. Defy this by telling us about yourself in the 280-character limit of Twitter.


Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself and others? (up to 500 words).

BA Fine Arts applicants only - Portfolio submission

Potential applicants for the Fine Arts program at The American University of Rome should submit a portfolio consisting of between six (6) and fifteen (15) artworks in any media of their choosing.

Below, you will find a link to a template document for submitting your portfolio along with your application. Please ensure, when using this template, that you

  1. Complete the cover page
  2. Copy and paste the personal statement you submitted as part of your application.
  3. Add an image for each page, ensuring that you include the title, medium, size, and year of the work.
  4. Convert the document into a pdf file prior to submission


Your portfolio may also be submitted in video format.
If submitting in video format, please ensure that each artwork included details title, medium, size, and year of the work.

Supporting Documents

Application materials should be sent through our online application system, via email to, or by regular mail to:

The American University of Rome
Attn: The Admissions Office
Via Pietro Roselli 4
00153 Rome, Italy

Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete and that we have received their supporting documents. Please note that it may take 1-2 business days for an uploaded document to reflect on the application checklist. The American University of Rome’s Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional items to complete the application process.

Academic Recommendation Letter

The letter of recommendation can be written by a teacher, professor, school principal, or guidance counselor. If you have been out of school for a while and are having difficulty contacting someone for an academic recommendation, a letter from a current or recent employer can be accepted in its place.

Advanced Standing

Candidates in possession of credentials from European lyceums, (Italian Maturità, International Baccalaureate, the British A-levels, etc.) or students who receive a 3 or higher on an AP examination must submit official records of the last year of high school and a copy of the diploma (if granted) or official test scores from College Board.

Transfer Credits

Please check the Information for Transfer Students page for details.

Language Requirements

All students who have not completed their last three years of high school in English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting the official test scores from TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Cambridge English. The minimum accepted test scores are as follows:


IELTS Academic

Duolingo Cambridge English



100 C1


SAT and ACT Scores

SAT and ACT scores are optional and therefore not a requirement for admission to AUR.
The American University of Rome SAT institutional code for reporting purposes is 0262. Information concerning the SAT may be obtained at College Board.
The American University of Rome ACT institutional code for reporting purposes is 5392. Information concerning the ACT may be obtained at ACT.


You will be contacted for an interview once a completed application has been submitted and all supporting documents have been received. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face, on the phone, or via Zoom. 



Inquiries should be directed to The Admissions Office at

The American University of Rome’s Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional items in order to complete the application process.